No matter what you are writing, children's fiction, romance, or adult fiction, you have one goal; to write a book that the reader can't stop reading until the end.
Anyone can come up with an idea for a story, but to turn that idea into a best seller, you must use your imagination to come up with a way to make it LARGER THAN LIFE?
Albert Zuckerman, in his book, Writing the Block Buster Novel, says, 'Combine "high concept" with a strong dramatic question and you may have a better chance of coming up with a BIG BOOK.' (High concept being a radical or even somewhat outlandish premise or plot.)
Perhaps the most important ingredient in a “high concept” work is the same one that every good story requires: a main character with whom the reader or viewer can identify. The chief difference between a “high concept” story and a “regular” story is that the main character’s success or failure will have huge consequences not only for him, but for others.
At the workshops below, we will be showing you how to turn your story into a blockbuster. Send me the first 10 pages of your story for an evaluation before we start to give me an idea of help you need.
DEVELOPING YOUR STORY INTO A BLOCKBUSTER
- PROGRESSIVE WORKSHOPS
MARCH 11th & 25th & April 8th and 22nd 1.30 to 4pm
This is a hands-on course for all writers. In these intensive workshops, we will examine the technical aspects of your manuscript to make sure they are doing their job and equip you with tools and techniques to support your story and turn it into an exciting narrative. You will do exercises on all topics in the workshops.
Evaluation: If you have a work-in-progress, please send the first 10 pages of your manuscript 5 days before the workshop date for a progress appraisal.
We will cover the following subjects:
Workshop 1 – March 11th: Examining and developing your character until he/she jumps off the page. Developing strong, believable characters that your reader either loves or hates ... depending on your intention is vital. Many writers make the mistake of having characters who are too similar to each other and not well enough developed.
Workshop 2 – March 25th: Plotting your scenes to make sure the story progresses in a way that creates the tension needed to keep your reader hooked.
Examining Point of View and Tense to make sure you have chosen the best one for your story.
Workshop 3 – April 8th: Choosing the best setting for the story, describing it using all senses, and using it as a tool to add tension or peaceful interludes.
Workshop 4 – April 22nd: Adding hooks to keep the reader intrigued. Ways to strengthen your writing. The use of word pictures, metaphors and similes, show not tell, and the ability to create rising tension are all important tools. How to use these tools to create your masterpiece is covered in this workshop.
Format: Course for beginners, intermediate and advanced writers
Where: Gondor Writers’ Centre, 19 Caloundra St, Landsborough.
Cost: $60. per workshop. Pensioners $45 per workshop.
Two payment options: Discount available for payment for all workshops at once or pay before each workshop.
To book go to the website page. http://www.gondorwriterscentre.com/developing-your-story.html
DO IT ALL IN ONE DAY:
WRITERS' BOOTCAMP - March 16th
Instructor: Elaine Ouston
Polish your manuscript until it shines with this intensive workshop, appraisal, and personal interview. They will get you writing and help you shape your work-in-progress into A BLOCKBUSTER.
This day of workshops and interviews will take you through all the things a publisher’s editor will be looking for and help you polish your story until it shines.
In this intensive workshop we will examine the technical aspects of your manuscript to make sure they are doing their job and equip you with tools and techniques to support your story and turn it into an exciting narrative.
Evaluation: If you have a work-in-progress, please send the first 10 pages of your manuscript for an appraisal so I can let you know what you need to focus on during the workshop. Manuscripts must be in by February 28th.
We will cover advanced workshops in:
* Ways to strengthen your writing
* Examining and developing your character until he/she jumps off the page
* Plotting your scenes to make sure the story progresses in a way that creates the tension needed to keep your reader hooked
* Examining Point of View and Tense
* Choosing the best setting for the story, describing it using all senses, and using it as a tool to add tension or peaceful interludes
* Adding hooks to keep the reader intrigued, and everything else you need to make your story exceptional.
This is a hands-on course for all writers. You will go away with ways to make your writing sing. To book, go to the website page.